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11 Facts You Must Know About Crystalline Silica

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Crystalline silica is a naturally occurring mineral found in sand, soil, and many types of rocks. It is also a common ingredient in many construction materials, such as concrete, brick, and mortar. When crystalline silica is cut, ground, drilled, or otherwise disturbed, it can create a fine dust that can be inhaled.

Exposure to crystalline silica dust can cause a number of serious health problems, including silicosis, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Silicosis is a debilitating lung disease that can lead to disability and death. Lung cancer and COPD are also serious and life-threatening diseases.

11 Facts You Must Know About Crystalline Silica

  1. Crystalline silica is a known human carcinogen.

  2. Crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, a debilitating lung disease.

  3. Crystalline silica dust can also cause lung cancer and COPD.

  4. There is no cure for silicosis.

  5. Millions of workers are exposed to crystalline silica dust on the job.

  6. Construction workers are at the highest risk of exposure to crystalline silica dust.

  7. Other workers at risk of exposure include foundry workers, quarry workers, and abrasive blasters.

  8. There are ways to reduce exposure to crystalline silica dust, such as using dust controls and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

  9. Employers have a legal obligation to protect their workers from exposure to crystalline silica dust.

  10. Workers have a right to know about the hazards of crystalline silica dust and how to protect themselves.

  11. There are resources available to help workers learn more about crystalline silica dust and how to protect themselves.

 

To learn more about crystalline silica dust and how to protect yourself, download our eBook, "11 Facts You Must Know About Crystalline Silica." This eBook is a comprehensive resource that covers everything you need to know about crystalline silica dust, including its health effects, how to reduce exposure, and your rights as a worker.

 

We hope you find our eBook informative and helpful. Please share it with others who may be interested in learning more about crystalline silica dust.

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